Feature story Ceremony marks the start of UH-72A deliveries to the US Army

December 11, 2006

The December 11 delivery ceremony for the no. 1 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter marked the start of this major U.S. Army program, which calls for up to 322 of the rotary-wing aircraft to be delivered by EADS North America.

Our photos below provide highlights of the event, which was held at the Columbus, Mississippi facility of American Eurocopter, and included the participation of the initial two UH-72As:

Deliveries of UH-72As to the U.S. Army began three months ahead of schedule. Two Light Utility Helicopters will be delivered before year-end, and 40 more currently are in production.

The UH-72A carries an external hoist as part of its basic mission equipment. At the December 11 delivery ceremony, the Army named its newest helicopter the Lakota.

A rear view of the UH-72A details the high-set main and tail rotors, which allow safe and fast loading through the rear clamshell doors and the sliding side doors.


The UH-72A’s large wraparound front windscreens provide unmatched visibility for the helicopter’s crew.


Signing the DD250 documentation for the no. 1 UH-72A’s formal delivery are (from left to right) Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Chairman & CEO of EADS North America: Robert Schmitt, Director, Aeronautical Systems Division, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA); General Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; and Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, Director, Army National Guard. Behind them is the second UH-72A, which is scheduled to be delivered before year-end.


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